Open Source

help shape open software procurement policies

I saw a link to this request for information by chance in another forum. Perhaps, it might be interesting to contribute to the government's policies on using open source software.

"help the Government of Canada (GC) put together guidelines related to the planning, acquisition, use and disposal of No Charge Licensed Software (NCLS)"

"the procurement of any of the goods and services described in this RFI will not necessarily follow this RFI"

SIMPL project makes a significant release of its Python toolset

The SIMPL project (http://www.icanprogram.com/simpl) aims to bring the simplicity and power of the Send/Receive/Reply messaging (first pioneered by QNX) to the Linux world.

SIMPL modules are themselves Linux executables and can be written in any number of languages now (C, C++, Tcl/Tk and Python). A SIMPL application consists of one or more of these modules interacting in a single SIMPL sandbox. A SIMPL application can consist of SIMPL modules written in a mixture of supported languages.

Joes Linux CD and DVD Collection.

Here's my collection of Linux CD's/DVD's I've accumulated over the years. I've just typed the label descriptions I jotted down on them with marker at the time I created them. If you'd like a copy of one of these let me know prior to a lug meeting and I'll bring whichever ones are requested to be burned.

Mandrake
Linux Mandrake 7.0 (Air) - 1 CD
Linux Mandrake 7.1 (Hydrogen) - 2 CDs
Linux Mandrake 7.2 - 2 CDs
Linux Mandrake 8.2 - 3 CDs
Linux Mandrake 9.0 - 3 CDs
Virtual Linux (Mandrake 8.0 CD Boot) - 1 CD

Red Hat Linux
Red Hat Linux 6.1 - 1 CD

John's January 2007 VOIP presentation (outline)

The following is a brief of John's presentation, January, 2007:

Monday 22nd of January, http://www.cambridgelug.org/

VOIP
Linux & Asterisk
Completely VOIP (In and Out) at Net Direct

Introduction to VOIP and SOHO

VOIP Definition
Voice over Internet Protocol
suite of protocols (use Intenet protocols: SIP, RTP, IAX, H.323, MGCP, and more)
Call setup and session signaling protocols
Audio/Video protocols
Market supports SIP (Session Initiation Protocol)

Why use VOIP
Cheap
$2.50/phone number, 1.1cent to 2 cent/minute calls
Flat rate - $40/month unlimited NA calling

New version of LinuxBIOS

New release of LinuxBIOS 2-2536.

The LinuxBIOS team has released a new version of LinuxBIOS 2-2536. The team has listed a number of compelling reasons to use the BIOS:

  • 100% Free Software BIOS (GPL)
  • No royalties or license fees!
  • Fast boot times (3 seconds from power-on to Linux console)
  • Avoids the need for a slow, buggy, proprietary BIOS
  • Runs in 32-Bit protected mode almost from the start
  • Written in C, contains virtually no assembly code
  • Supports a wide variety of hardware and payloads
  • Further features: netboot, serial console, remote flashing

Intro to OpenStreetMap.org

OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them; the project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

An introduction to the Who, What, Where, Why of OSM will be followed by a demo of the steps in collecting, categorizing and contributing data to OSM.

Organizing Cambridge LUG

There are already LUG in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Cambridge, England. Why not Cambridge, Ontario? Well, now there is a LUG in Cambridge, Ontario. Or there will be, shortly.

CambridgeLUG Will hold pre-meetings, in December 2006 and January 2007 before the official grand Opening in February 2007.

The December, Organizational Meeting invites the participation and input of those interested in helping to form and mold Cambridge LUG.

The January 2007 Founders Meeting will embrace and extend the work of the first meeting. We'll discuss upcoming meeting schedules, topics for presentations and other matters of the LUG. We'll have our first presentation too.

Public Patent Foundation

The Public Patent Foundation is a US-based non-profit. They fight bad patents and bad patent policy. They argue that software patents are particularly bad and they use the legal system to have bad patents overturned, surrendered or rejected.

The Public Patent Foundation (“PUBPAT”) is a not-for-profit legal services organization that represents the public's interests against the harms caused by the patent system, particularly the harms caused by wrongly issued patents and unsound patent policy. PUBPAT provides the general public and specific persons or entities otherwise deprived of access to the system governing patents with representation, education and advocacy.-- from PubPat web site.

OpenStreetMap.org

Hi All,

As mentioned at KWLUG, I'm enjoying the openstreetmap.org project. If you have an interest in Maps, GPS, geocaching, GIS or other location related activities you will find this project interesting.

-- http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/index.php/Main_Page

"OpenStreetMap is a project aimed squarely at creating and providing free geographic data such as street maps to anyone who wants them. The project was started because most maps you think of as free actually have legal or technical restrictions on their use, holding back people from using them in creative, productive or unexpected ways."

Linux in Education

From CRN: Linux adopted in Indiana Schools.

Mike Huffman, special assistant for technology at the Indiana Department of Education, said schools in the state have added Linux workstations for 22,000 students over the past year under the Affordable Classroom Computers for Every Secondary Student (ACCESS) program. And that could expand quickly with several new updated Linux distributions, such as Novell SUSE, Red Hat and Ubuntu.

This year, Huffman expects Linux desktop deployments to grow from 24 high schools to 80 high schools, driven by lower costs, higher functionality and early successes.

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